I have been an active member of the Australian writing community for over ten years. However, It has only been in the past six years that I have been a Steampunk Enthusiast. Don’t get me wrong – I loved the genre; I just didn’t know it had a name. The person who introduced me to the Steampunk Literary genre was Ged Maybury.
I count myself as extremely lucky that Ged moved from New Zealand, where he was a well-respected, award-winning YA and Children’s author, to Southeast Queensland. He has made a lively contribution to the Steampunk community though his writing, his creative cosplay, and his gadgets – which he designs and makes himself. I can’t think of anyone else who better fits the theme for this year’s Steampunk Hands Around The World: Our Playground, Our Classroom, Our Workshop. Ged Maybury has certainly shone in the playgrounds, the classrooms, and the workshops of the SE Queensland Steampunk community.
Ged the Writer:
Into the Storm’s Domain; Across the Stonewind Sky Book One is Ged Maybury’s Steampunk Airship Opera. It is firmly in the Steampunk Literary genre by characterization, setting and plot. It started out as a setting for a computer game, but took on a life of its own. Ged immerses himself in his creation, to the book that he also composes music and lyrics. If you want to see a clip of music acted by Ged himself and members of the Southeast Queensland S.T.E.A.M. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRQ29QkfKNE
Ged the Tinkerer:
Ged makes his own Steampunk costumes and gadgets. His real skill is seeing the possibility in items that wouldn’t normally been classified as Steampunk, but Ged can turn anything into a useful Raygun or item of clothing. His imagination and enthusiasm come through in his creations. They all have a unique sense of fun that is all Ged’s own.
Ged the Public Speaker:
Ged gives seminars to educate the general populace about the Steampunk Literary genre, alternative lifestyle and the Aesthetic. He is also very supportive of those writers who would like to investigate the Steampunk genre; you only need to look at me for your proof.
Ged the Cosplayer:
A picture saves a thousand words.
This is just a small selection of Ged’s outfits and creations.
So, as you can see, Ged Maybury is a unique character in a community of unique characters. His personal charisma and sense of fun make him an authentic Icon!
A link to the Ged’s author’s page on Satalyte Publishing: http://satalyte.com.au/authors-2/ged-maybury/
Steampunk Hands Around the World: https://airshipambassador.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/steampunk-hands-welcome/
SHATW Facebook Site: https://www.facebook.com/events/228910473961760/?fref=ts